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Softball showdown Friday

More than bragging rights will be at stake when Clover visits York for Friday's 7 p.m. Region 3-AAAA softball showdown.

First and foremost will be the playoff implications when the longtime rivals get together.

Entering this week's play, the Lady Blue Eagles were in a position to gain a playoff berth.

Meanwhile, the Lady Cougars could nail down a playoff spot by defeating the CHS girls.

"It would be great if we could upset Clover," York head coach Nickie Templeton said of Friday's game. "They are a good team."

The Lady Blue Eagles began this week's play with plenty of momentum following last week's 6-1 defeat of Buford to capture the inaugural Lady Cougar Invitational Tournament.

"Our kids played hard and won the championship," head coach Shea Hall said of the team's successful run in the tourney. "Shay Jackson and Samantha Peters pitched well and we played good defense."

Hall said senior second-baseman Casey Killian's hitting has been a plus this year.

Killian was batting .400 earlier in the season and is still in the .330 range.

"Casey carried us the first two games," noted Hall. "There are times when outfielders will come in a few steps, thinking she will bunt, and Casey rips it over their heads."

Templeton said the Lady Cougars are a young team that experiences growing pains from time to time.

"They have their ups and downs but at the end of the day they've learned more about the game, and that's okay," Templeton said. "The key is to remain focused and move forward.

"They have to learn each other and play together as a team. I think they will jell as a team next year and become more competitive."

Friday's game will include the culmination of a community service project fundraiser, "Paws for the Cause."

York and Clover players have been selling gray and blue laminated paws to benefit the Humane Society of York County and the softball programs.

For every $2 paw sold, a dollar goes to the Humane Society and the other dollar to the softball team. All $1 paws are earmarked for the Humane Society.

York's paws will be placed around the fence Friday night, bearing the name of the donor.

Also, Paws for the Cause T-Shirts are being sold, with 50 percent of the proceeds going to the Humane Society.

Friday is also "Bring Your Pet to the Game Day" as long as the pet is on a leash.

Templeton said tasty treats will be sold for the pets and a "poop patrol" will be on duty.

A representative of the Humane Society will be in attendance and a donation bucket passed around for additional funding of the society.

The Friday activities also will include Senior Night.